Trump making longshot bid to slow state vote certifications

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2020

U.S. president-elect Joe Biden will be briefed by national security experts next week amid concerns that Donald Trump's refusal to grant him access to classified intelligence briefings could be a national security risk.

President Donald Trump's claim that he was re-elected is nonsensical, especially after TV networks declared Joe Biden narrowly won Georgia on Friday, giving him 36 more electoral votes than the 270 he needs to gain the White House.

The Republican president said on Friday that he expects an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's PFE.N vaccine "extremely soon".

Then he added: "Hopefully, the, the whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell".

Drugmaker Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced Monday that tests of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate showed its first scientific evidence that it can block the virus in about 90% of humans.

Some forecasters suggest the change from Trump, who rejected multilateral alliances, to Biden might increase pressure on China if Washington forms a coalition with other developed countries to push for policy changes.

He has claimed issues such as voting fraud, lack of transparency in vote counting and improper election procedures.

It's been more than a week since the USA presidential election, and the US media has projected Democratic candidate Joe Biden as the victor.

Those last tallies gave Biden a solid overall final win in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency with 306 votes against Trump's 232. But while he has continued to make such claims on Twitter, he did not repeat them in his public remarks on Friday.

During this year's campaign, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

It was tweeted by the agency's director, Chris Krebs, who just hours earlier had been the subject of a Reuters story that said he had told associates he expected to be fired by Trump.

The firm did not reply to specific questions about the posts or whether it would stop representing the Trump campaign entirely.

According to the website factba.se, which keeps track of Trump's pronouncements, this was the longest he'd gone without speaking on camera since he became president.

The message came hours after USA election officials said the vote was the "most secure in American history", the most direct rebuttal from federal and state officials of the president's claims.

"While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too", the statement said.

"We respect the choice of the American people", said a foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin.

Biden on Wednesday named Ron Klain as his White House chief of staff, his first major appointment as he builds his administration. "It will be a heavy lift, but we will work with the counties to get this done in time for state certification", he said.

Another thing, Judy. Amidst all this, the Biden transition is hiring.

"He told me he's a realist".

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